Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 Methodology
- 2 The States With the Highest Demand for Plumbers
- 3 The U.S. Metropolitan Areas With the Greatest Demand for Plumbers
- 4 Supply of Plumbers by U.S. State
- 5 Supply of Plumbers by Metropolitan Area
- 6 Top U.S. States With a Demand for Plumbers
- 7 Top Metro Areas With a Demand for Plumbers
- 8 Wrapping Up: Major Insights & Opportunities
Instead of simply searching for where plumbing careers are limited, we compared that data to the actual demand for plumbing work. To determine where the consumer demand for plumbers was highest, we analyzed data from Google Trends to confirm which cities and states have the most people searching for plumbers online.
To establish where plumbing jobs are in the shortest supply, we pulled extensive data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine the ratio of plumbing careers to non-plumbing careers. This information provided insight into what percentage of the population worked in plumbing rather than how many plumbers lived in a given city. This allowed us to control for population differences between cities.
Finally, these two sets of data were compared with weighted scores to find the cities and states with the highest demand for plumbing work and the most significant shortage of plumbers.
The States With the Highest Demand for Plumbers
When it comes to search engine queries for plumbers in the area, Texas and Georgia are unrivaled in frequency. These two states are tied for the most local searches for plumbing, correlating to the highest demand for plumbing services in the country. Using our search frequency scoring method, they scored 100/100 for demand.
Not far behind these top two states were Delaware, Idaho, and Kansas, scoring 98/100, 97/100, and 92/100, respectively. These five states were the only ones to score over 90.
We found that the lowest demand for plumbing services overall was in Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. These four states were tied with a score of 0/100, indicating that the demand for plumbers based on search engine queries is extremely low.
Only two other states scored below a 30/100: Iowa with a 26/100 and Montana with a 22/100. These scores were well below the average of 52.5.
The U.S. Metropolitan Areas With the Greatest Demand for Plumbers
Next, we looked at the search frequency for plumbers in metro areas throughout the United States to determine where a high population was met with high demand and low supply, indicating a particularly high need for plumbing services.
Sherman, TX and Ada, OK both showed the highest frequency of searches for local plumbers by far with a score of 74/100, nearly 20 points higher than the second-highest scoring metro area. This suggests that Sherman and Ada might be the ideal places for aspiring plumbers to settle into, with a massive population and an overall high demand for service.
Only three other metro areas scored 50 or above: Dallas-Fort Worth, TX with a 59, Columbia, SC with a 57, and Houston, TX with a 50.
Among the metro areas with the lowest demand for plumbing services were Corpus Christi, TX and Augusta, GA, both tied with a meager 28/100.
Only four other metropolitan areas scored below 30: Indianapolis, IN, Cincinnati, OH, Denver, CO, and Oklahoma City, OK, all with a 29/100.
Supply of Plumbers by U.S. State
To determine how severe the shortage of plumbers is in each U.S. state, we used a score of individuals with a plumbing career per 100,000 people to control for population differences.
North Dakota has the most plumbers per capita at 198.95 per 100,000 people. This is more than triple what the lowest state has. Following North Dakota are Montana with a score of 192.76, Louisiana with 187.00, and Minnesota with 183.65.
The most significant shortage of plumbers per capita exists in West Virginia, where only 61.88 of every 100,000 residents holds a career in plumbing. The next most considerable shortage is in New Jersey, which scored an 89.25.
Only four other states — Georgia, Mississippi, Idaho, and Ohio scored below 100, indicating that less than 0.001% of the population in these states works in the plumbing industry.
Supply of Plumbers by Metropolitan Area
Metropolitan areas naturally have a significantly higher population density than suburbs and rural settings. As such, the overall demand for plumbers in metro areas is higher. We’ve controlled for population by determining the number of individuals with a plumbing career compared to the population.
Cleveland-Akron (Canton), OH is the metro area with the fewest plumbers per capita, with just 30.65 plumbing professionals for every 100,000 people. Plumbers in this metro area earn an average of $52,650 per year, which is just under the national average for plumbers. As such, the Cleveland-Akron area might present a good opportunity for aspiring plumbers.
Albany, GA and Johnstown-Altoona, PA are the only other metro areas under 50 plumbers per 100,000 people. Plumbers in these areas earn $45,860 and $50,920 on average, respectively. Both are more than 10% below the national average, which may explain the lower concentration of plumbers per capita.
For comparison, the average number of plumbers per 100,000 people in metro areas across the country is 73.86. That means there is about half the standard number of plumbers per capita in these three metropolitan areas.
The metro area with the most plumbers per 100,000 people is Charleston, SC, coming in at 95.04. Only five other metros hit over 90 plumbers: Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC, Savannah, GA, Memphis, TN, Charleston-Huntington, WV, and Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC.
Top U.S. States With a Demand for Plumbers
When comparing our data for states with a high search volume for local plumbers with our data set regarding areas with a low number of plumbers per capita, we’re able to identify where the highest concentration of demand for plumbing services is in the country.
Two states, in particular, have a severe shortage. Georgia, the state with the highest demand to availability ratio, scored a -10.75. Idaho also shows a severe lack of supply for the plumbing demand with a score of -5.65.
Interestingly, the average salary for a plumber in Georgia is $55,780, putting it only about 10% under the national average of $59,649. Idaho plumbers earn about 20% less than the national average at $48,840 throughout the state.
West Virginia, Delaware, and Mississippi make up the remaining states with a score under 20, also suggesting high demand and a relatively low supply of professional plumbers. They scored 10.88, 12.11, and 14.49, respectively.
Top Metro Areas With a Demand for Plumbers
Finally, we used the same logic as above to determine where the supply of plumbers falls short of demand in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States.
Just two metro areas scored below 0, indicating a significant shortage of plumbers as compared to demand: Albany, GA with a score of -9.43, and Shreveport, LA, scoring -0.25. Georgia is also the state with the largest overall shortage of plumbers, making Albany and the surrounding areas a particular hotspot for plumbing opportunities.
Cleveland-Akron (Canton), OH is the only other metro area with a score under 20, coming in at 3.65. The next metro, Johnstown-Altoona, PA, scored much higher at 28.46.
Wrapping Up: Major Insights & Opportunities
There are many studies and data sets available online that detail where plumbers are in short supply based on population. However, most don’t also account for demand. We’ve compared data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics regarding plumbers per capita in states and metro areas throughout the U.S. with data from Google Trends on how often residents search for local plumbers.
We’ve identified that Georgia appears to hold the greatest opportunity for aspiring plumbers or those who are relocating. The state as a whole has the most significant discrepancy between supply and demand, and Albany, GA is also the metro area with the most severe shortage. The average plumber salary in Georgia is only slightly below the national average.
Idaho also has a short supply of plumbers and a relatively high demand for plumbing services. However, the average plumber’s salary is about 20% lower than the national average, coming in at $48,840.
Other areas that show the greatest potential for opportunities for plumbing professionals include Shreveport, LA, and the Cleveland-Akron area in Ohio. Plumbers in these areas earn an average of $54,250 and $52,650, respectively.
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